Art Review

Artist Curt Clonts takes listeners on an artistic journey through the eyes of an insider. Tune in on alternate Wednesday to hear his latest art review.

Incase, flickr Creative Commons

Unpaid labor is a big problem in the arts. Artists, writers and a host of other creative professionals spend their early careers working for free in order to hack into the industry. This phase is often treated as a rite-of-passage, but now unpaid work persists well beyond these fledgling years. Artists and writers continue to be asked by institutions and non-profit organizations for their work, in exchange for “exposure.”

nymag.com

One of my favorite writers at the moment is New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz. Saltz is always an entertaining read. He may not be everyone’s up of tea, but I love his conversant writing style, sense of humor, shrewd insights and his utter fearlessness when it comes to sharing what he thinks.

Recently, he wrote an article titled “Why Have There Been No Great Women Bad-Boy Artists? There Have Been, of Course. But the Art World Has Refused to Recognize Them.”

Larry Schwarm

KMUW art reviewer Lindsey Herkommer-DeVries looks at a new outdoor display.

Ulrich Museum of Art

History is complicated. For the exhibition Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India at the Ulrich Museum, nine contemporary South Asian artists examine their colonial history through the medium of photography.

Every museum has a distinct personality.

Exhibit Has Something for Every Eye and Interest

Aug 19, 2015

Since commentator Lindsey Herkommer-DeVries works at the WSU School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries, guest arts commentator Bill North, the Executive Director of the Salina Arts Center, reviewed the 20th faculty biennial exhibition at the WSU school.

Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Nadya Faulx

I attended Sedgwick County’s budget proposal meeting on Monday, and it was sobering. Chief Financial Officer Chris Chronis laid out the proposed budget, and it’s clear the county is focused on debt reduction and funding what they call “core” functions, like roads and bridges. They are not interested in taking loans, or bonding, or increasing revenues.

The Wichita Art Museum currently has an exhibition of five local artists called Art’s Pure Voice: Abstraction in Wichita. The title is lifted from artist and educator Hans Hofmann.

I am wary of the word “pure” in the title. “Purity” for Hofmann, and art critic Clement Greenberg, was a specific notion in Modernist thought that promoted specific criteria for art. Artists then eventually turned purity into plurality, which marked the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism. The five artists included in the show are Postmodern artists.

Jose Alvarado / Ulrich Museum of Art

    

When was the last time you saw an art show? I mean really saw. 

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